The Modeling of Ministers

George J. Zemek | May 21, 2010

An often neglected part of leading a local church is the element of providing an exemplary lifestyle for the flock to follow. Modeling has its origin in the creation of man in God’s image, but through the fall and new creation of man in Christ, it has assumed a renewed importance. NT usage of the t/ypow (tupos , “type”) and mimht/hw (mimetes , “imitator”) word-groups provides a good idea of the responsibility of church leaders to live as good moral examples before those whom they lead. Only when they do so can pastoral ministry fulfil the biblical standards of that office.

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